Sierra BrewFest returns to Nevada County fairgrounds for 28th year |

Sierra BrewFest returns to Nevada County fairgrounds for 28th year

Ross Maak | City Editor

In 1989, Music in the Mountains decided to hold a fundraiser showing off craft beers. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico anchored the event and hasn’t missed a single event since.

What started as a small event in a warehouse in Nevada City, the Sierra BrewFest has grown over the past 28 years to take up a chunk of the Nevada County Fairgrounds and attract 2,000 or more every summer. This year’s event will feature more than 50 hand-crafted brews and ciders from 27 different microbreweries — and that number may grow before Saturday.

The event, scheduled for 3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, will feature western Nevada County favorites Three Forks Bakery and Brewery, ol’ Republic and even Grass Valley Brewing Company, which hasn’t opened yet but will feature a couple brews in advance of a downtown location opening up.

The Auburn Alehouse and Knee Deep Brewing along with Crooked Lane are all planning to make the trip north from Auburn, and Crispin Cider from Colfax will also join in. Ales, lagers, stouts, porters, pale ales, ciders and more will be available.

Back for its fourth season will be the Bag-O (cornhole) tournament, which is free to enter and features a prize of tickets to next year’s event. Food from food trucks and local restaurants will also be available.

Playing during the event will be BOOMER, playing classic, familiar songs from rock to R&B to soul.

Ross Maak is the city editor at The Union. He can be reached at or 530-477-4229.

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